Catholic And Protestant Churches Come To Major Agreement 2017

It is especially in the last century that Christian groups have made important attempts to resolve the conflicts between them. In the mid-19th century, the Evangelical Alliance attempted to unite Protestant groups to oppose child labour and poor conditions of exploitation, a unity they described as „a new thing in the history of the Church.“ In 1910, a missionary conference in Edinburgh laid the foundations for the future World Council of Churches, which for the first time brought together many Protestant Orthodox, Anglican and Mainline churches. It was a small moment, but in this exchange I began to understand that we were in a new day: five hundred years after its founding, we are witnessing the end of the Reformation. The very name „Protestant“ indicates a protest movement aimed at reforming a church that today bears the name of Roman Catholicism. But the reality is that the Reformation has worked. Most of the reforms that wanted Protestant were made by Catholics. (Indulgences are no longer sold, for example.B.) Some Protestant denominations may still be anti-Catholic (think of evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress`s assertion that Catholicism has satanic origins), but the original idea that Catholics cling to a legalistic perversion of Christianity that God`s free grace does not allow is rarely seen today as a Protestant difference from Catholicism. Over time, historians have helped us realize that there is nothing to do with the Reformation, but that if there was only one characteristic in its heart, it was the restoration of Christ`s centrality to understand why Christians are not at home in this world. This insistence proved to be the excellent insight that marked the work of the Second Vatican Council, which means that Catholics have gone beyond the main leadership of the Reformation. Under the influence of the great Protestant theologian Karl Barth, the emphasis on the centrality of Christ was the hallmark of my work in ethics. But it is perhaps significant that some of my Protestant PhD students have become Roman Catholics over the years. (So many people crossed the Tiber that my colleagues joked that I was an agent for Opus Dei.) They convert because Catholicism is an intellectually rich theological tradition, more able to negotiate the acids of our culture. They also take seriously the fact that Roman Catholic Catholicism is a commitment to Christian unity, not only to non-Catholic Christians, but to the poor and those who are not poor.